For many kids (and tweens, and teens, and - let's face it - adults, too), gaming is a part of life. It can be a great way to unwind by yourself or (better yet) to log some major parent-child bonding time. As you put the finishing touches on this year's holiday lists, you may want to include a few of the following for your favorite gamers (or gamer wannabes).
Few things match the feeling you get when you bash down the doors of a fortress while riding atop an elephant, then using the beast to knock over cars and fling enemy soldiers around like rag dolls. Or the fun of flying through the sky in a little gyrocopter while raining down grenades on an outpost. All these things and a lot more are possible in "Far Cry 4," where you play as Ajay Ghale, a person who returned to the Himalayan country of Kyrat to scatter his mother's ashes. The trip back to your homeland takes a turn for the worse when you're kidnapped by a psychotic despot named Pagan Min, then rescued by a rebel group called The Golden Path. Soon, you're fighting alongside the rebels and will leave a trail of blood, tears, and bodies in your wake.
Doesn't it seem kind of silly to think that in today's world, women can't have a role in the gaming industry? There's always been an undercurrent of misogyny in video games, and GamerGate has brought the issue to mainstream media.
The whimsical sequel "Dumb and Dumber To" has been expected to be a blockbuster hit, and directors Bobby and Peter Farelly deliver. The comedy picks up right where the original left off, with the two idiotic friends playing serious practical pranks on each other.
When most people hear the name Primrose Everdeen, they automatically think Katniss' little sister. But Willow Shields, the 14-year-old actress who plays Prim, takes a leap into the spotlight with the latest installment of the movie empire, "Mockingjay - Part 1."
When Sackboy arrived on the PlayStation 3 in 2008's "Little Big Planet," it marked a change in direction for the console. It pushed the idea of player-generated content to the next level and made the "Little Big Planet" franchise known for its "Play, Create, Share" motto. Further refined by the 2011 sequel, "Little Big Planet 2," allowed more than just platforming, and now "Little Big Planet 3" has finally arrived on the PlayStation 4.
Some 39% of adults serve as full- or part-time caregivers to a loved one struggling with a disease or disability. You almost certainly know one of them. But do you know what kind of strain they are under? And are you making any effort to support them?
Dear Mr. Dad: I've been divorced for almost a year and I'm just getting to the point where I'm thinking about dating again. My kids (8 and 10) and I have a very close relationship, and we talk about everything. But when I mentioned dating to them, instead of being happy for me, they were angry. Is there anything I can do to get them to be a little more supportive?
Courtesy of my friend and parent coach Janet Carter (www.ourchildishways.com ), comes an interesting story: The parents of a 4-year-old girl went to a preschool parent conference to learn from her teacher that she is having difficulty with scissors and somewhat behind the other kids in letter and number recognition. The parents apparently blew the teacher's mind when they replied that they were more concerned with their daughter's heart and character than her academic achievement. Was she compassionate? Was she respectful of her teachers and peers?
Q: I am 22 years old, and I have a daughter 3 years old. Her father died. Now I have met a guy with two sons, one year and 7 years old. The 7-year-old son can't stand that his father and me are together. When we visit each other, the boy cries and he just wants to sit with his daddy. We have no time alone. I just can't handle it anymore!!! I have started to hate that boy. I love his father so much, but his father is falling for all his son's nonsense. What's good ex-etiquette?
Music has smoothed many a commute from our Logan Square home to my kids' South Loop school, a 7-mile drive that can feel like 70, depending on traffic and how many times I had to remind them to wear socks that morning.
Make any outfit party-perfect with our no-sew embellished collars. First, download a collar template from familyfunmag.com/printables. Cut the shape from felt and trim the edge with pinking shears, if you like. With tacky glue, add decorations such as pom-pom trim, plastic gems, and lace. Cut two 20-inch lengths of ribbon and glue an inch or so of each length under an end of the collar. Or glue cord along the inside edge of the collar, leaving about 1 foot of excess on each end for tying.
For the third time in my career in corporate Financial Services, I was called for an interview in Executive Management. Unlike the previous times, when I had doubted myself and my abilities, I was completely confident that I had what it took to get the job done. I had successfully overcome my impostor syndrome and knew I was every bit as good as the best out there.
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